Top 20 graduate degrees in the U.S. by mid-career pay 2016/17

This graph shows the list of graduate degrees with the highest mid-career salary in the U.S. in the academic year 2016/17. In 2016/17, petroleum engineering was ranked first with the mid-career salary of 172,000 U.S. dollars.

Highest paying graduate degrees in the U.S. in 2016/17, by mid-career salary

Graduate degreeMid-career pay in U.S. dollars
Nurse Anesthesia (Master's)156,000$
Strategy (MBA)149,000$
Chemical Engineering (PhD)146,000$
General & Strategic Management (MBA)146,000$
Organic Chemistry (PhD)146,000$
Computer Science (CS) (PhD)145,000$
Electrical Engineering (EE) (PhD)144,000$
Pharmacology (PhD)141,000$
Entrepreneurship (MBA)139,000$
Corporate Finance (MBA)138,000$
Physical Chemistry (PhD)138,000$
Engineering (PhD)137,000$
Finance & Economics (MBA)137,000$
Physics (PhD)135,000$
Computer Science (CS) & Engineering (Master's)134,000$
Biomedical Engineering (BME) (PhD)133,000$
Statistics (PhD)131,000$
Finance (MBA)130,000$
Operations Research (Master's)130,000$
Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE) (Master's)129,000$
Taxation (Master's)129,000$
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Release date

September 2016


United States

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Supplementary notes

The list includes MBA focuses, non-MBA master's degree majors, Bachelor's degree majors and associate degree majors.
Mid-career salary is defined as the median salary for alumni with 10 or more years of work experience.

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